Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Eve of the March

The Eve of the March
A Celebration of the Divine Feminine
In partnership with Grace Cathedral
1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30p

In honor and awe of the Women's March 2019, Vajra Voices & the Ghiberti Center for Culture present The Eve of the March - a concert in the sacred space of Grace Cathedral where we will celebrate womens’ voices and the power of community.

Vajra Voices & Kitka join with multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen and composer, vocalist, and cellist Theresa Wong in a special event to perform medieval and modern songs on the divine feminine. This concert will include the premiere of all 6 songs of "To Burst To Bloom", composed by Theresa Wong, setting the Taoist poetry of the 12th century female Immortal Sun Bu'er. Each and all of us involved in this project are inspired by the strength and wisdom inherent in mysticism, and by womens’ music and vocal traditions distilled over centuries.

www.vajravoices.com
www.kitka.org
www.shirakammen.com
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Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

bitter banquet CD release concert

fo’c’sle presents: powerdove’s “bitter banquet” CD release concert
Institute of Advanced Uncertainty
296 Ivy Street

San Francisco
Doors 6:30pm, start 7pm
Admission free

The evening begins with a poetry reading by the distinguished poet Jane Hirshfield, who will be reading poems addressing themes of certainty/uncertainty, social justice, the crisis of the biosphere, and the opulence and perplexities of our shared existence. Then, a live performance of "Bitter Banquet," Powerdove's lush, Euripidean song-cycle, composed and performed by Annie Lewandowski (voice/electronics) with improvisers Fred Frith (guitar) and Theresa Wong (cello, voice).

The performers will be staged in a winterscape diorama by Elkhanah Pulitzer and Chad Owens.

www.focslemusic.com
www.annielewandowski.com


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Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

The Dramatic Experience in Ancient Greek Art

Legion of Honor Museum
Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater

Directed by Carey Perloff, artistic director emerita of the American Conservatory Theater
Performed by actors Anthony Fusco, Safiya Fredericks, and cellist Theresa Wong

Join us for an afternoon of performance and exploration of the theatrical impulse in classical art, juxtaposing ancient Greek theater and the visual arts.

Imagery depicted and created by ancient Greek artists helps to fill the gap in our knowledge and understanding of performing arts and the visualization of drama on stage in antiquity. Ancient tragic and comic poets presented their plays to compete in an annual celebration of the cult of the god Dionysos in Athens. Since the mid-6th century BC, these plays continued to be staged from mainland Greece and to the Greek colonies in southern Italy and Sicily. As living representations, modern performance and reading of Greek tragedy and epic bring to life the iconography of dramatic and theatrical scenes in classical Greek art.

Free with museum admission.

https://legionofhonor.famsf.org/calendar/dramatic-experience

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Nov
13
to Nov 20

Princeton University Residency

I will be a guest artist at the Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts during a residency with Ellen Fullman.

Event Program:
Thurs. Nov. 15th 4:30p to 6:30pm

Princeton Composers Colloquia workshop w/ Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong

Fri. Nov. 16th, 8pm
PU Music presents Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong, performing “Harbors”, for long string instrument and cello
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Mon. Nov. 19 12-1:20pm
Ellen Fullman IHUM lunchtime workshop
"Constructing a Musical Phrase from the Ground Up"
Co-sponsored with the Interdisciplinary Humanities (IHUM) and Princeton University Department of Music
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP blleavey@exchange.Princeton.EDU

Tues. Nov. 20, 8pm
Princeton Sound Kitchen : Ellen Fullman w/ special guest Theresa Wong premiering new works by Princeton composers Jeff Snyder, Cleek Schrey, Molly Herron, Liam Elliott, James Moore, and Bora Yoon. 
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All events take place at the CoLab Gallery, located on the ground floor of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex. 

Co-sponsored in partnership by Princeton University Department of Music, Interdisciplinary Humanities (IHUM), Princeton Sound Kitchen, Composers Colloquia, Lewis Center for the Arts, and Council for Science and Technology.

www.princeton.music.edu 
www.princeton.edu/ihum 
www.princetonsoundkitchen.org

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Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Sculpting Air Workshop: Medieval & Modern Vocal Improv II- cancelled

* please see note from Nov.7th workshop regarding cancellation *
Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste St. Berkeley, CA 94704
Suggested donation
$35 for each event; $60 for both
(Wednesday, November 7, 7pm AND Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm)

* Proceeds from these workshops go toward production costs for:
Grace Cathedral concert: The Eve of the March
Vajra Voices & Kitka
with Shira Kammen and Theresa Wong
(Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30pm - Save the date!)
Donations are Tax Deductible. Checks should be written to SFEMS with Vajra Voices/Sacred Spaces indicated in the memo.
Please RSVP: karen@karenrclark.com

Vajra Voices director, Karen Clark and composer/cellist/vocalist Theresa Wong present two workshops around the music and poetry of the 12th century mystic Hildegard von Bingen; and the Chinese Taoist Immortal, Sun Bu’er. Karen Clark will teach a chant by Hildegard von Bingen; Theresa Wong will lead a vocal improvisation, in sculpting sound on a poem of Sun Bu’er. Inspired by the strength and power of wisdom inherent in mysticism, we invite you to join us in a process of discovery to resonate, express, and create.
www.vajravoices.com
www.karenrclark.com
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Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Sculpting Air Workshop: Medieval & Modern Vocal Improv I - cancelled

WORKSHOPS CANCELLED: Dear Friends,

It is with regret that due to back injury Theresa and Karen need to CANCEL this week's Sculpting Sound Workshops 1 & 2 (Nov. 7th & 11th). We were so looking forward to being with you. Our goal of introducing to you vocal improvisation and vocal freedom in modern and medieval music remains and we will reschedule for a future date.

As you may know, we were also looking to inspire interest and raise funding for our upcoming January 18, 2019 concert– Vajra Voices with Kitka– in Grace Cathedral. The Eve of the March, will feature medieval music, Georgian folk music, and, the premiere of Theresa’s composition, To Burst To Bloom on six poems of the 12th century woman Immortal, Sun Bu’er.

We want to say just how much your interest in these workshops and in our work mean to us. We were really looking forward to spending this evening and Saturday with you to contemplate the ancient poems and explore vocal resonance through them.

We appreciate your continued support. Please look for our upcoming notices regarding an alternate date. And, please also SAVE THE DATE of Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:30pm in Grace Cathedral.

Sincerely,

Karen R. Clark
and Theresa Wong


Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste St. Berkeley, CA 94704
Suggested donation
$35 for each event; $60 for both
(Wednesday, November 7, 7pm AND Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm)

* Proceeds from these workshops go toward production costs for:
Grace Cathedral concert: The Eve of the March
Vajra Voices & Kitka
with Shira Kammen and Theresa Wong
(Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30pm - Save the date!)
Donations are Tax Deductible. Checks should be written to SFEMS with Vajra Voices/Sacred Spaces indicated in the memo.
Please RSVP: karen@karenrclark.com

Vajra Voices director, Karen Clark and composer/cellist/vocalist Theresa Wong present two workshops around the music and poetry of the 12th century mystic Hildegard von Bingen; and the Chinese Taoist Immortal, Sun Bu’er. Karen Clark will teach a chant by Hildegard von Bingen; Theresa Wong will lead a vocal improvisation, in sculpting sound on a poem of Sun Bu’er. Inspired by the strength and power of wisdom inherent in mysticism, we invite you to join us in a process of discovery to resonate, express, and create.
www.vajravoices.com
www.karenrclark.com
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Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Pink Sea Thrift - LP release listening party

I am pleased to present the vinyl release of “Pink Sea Thrift” on fo’c’sle records, an album by Ellen Fullman, David Gamper and special guest Stuart Dempster. Fullman and Dempster will speak about their work together and honor their collaborator, David Gamper, who passed away in 2011. A short performance by Ellen (autoharp), Stuart (conch shell) and Theresa Wong (cello/voice) will launch this work into the ether. Come join us! Admission free. 

7pm
I.O.U. (Institute Of advanced Uncertainty)
296 Ivy Street
San Francisco
focslemusic.com
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Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Sculpting Air Vocal Workshop w/ special guest Karen Clark

Sat Aug 18
10am-Noon
Temescal Art Center
511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

Fee: $40-60 sliding scale 
www.sculptingair.wordpress.com

Theresa will be joined for her Sculpting Air Vocal workshop with very special guest artist, Karen R. Clark.

Karen R. Clark, contralto is known to Bay Area audiences for her many Early Music performances and vocal workshops. The founder and director of the women’s ensemble, Vajra Voices, Karen holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music, and, since 1999, is certified as a teacher of the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education. www.karenrclark.com

TO RESERVE A SPOT, WRITE TO: tree_wong@yahoo.com
Please include your: 1) Name 2) Contact phone 3) Workshop date(s)
You will receive a confirmation email with more details.  

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Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

Solo @ Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes

$15 General
$10 Students & Seniors 65 and over
$5 children 5-12
Under 5 free
www.gardenofmemory.com
Tickets available here: 
www.brownpapertickets.com

At this popular solstice concert, the program features simultaneous performances in different parts of the building by Bay Area composers, musicians, and other performers presenting a variety of acoustic and electronic music, installations, and interactive events; the audience is free to move throughout the building during the performances. The artists to be featured at this event include Kitka, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Paul Dresher and Joel Davel, Amy X Neuburg, Maggi Payne, the Living Earth Show, Orchestra Nostalgico, the Real Vocal String Quartet, Duo B, Hae Voces, Sarah Cahill, Dan Plonsey, Beth Custer, Stephen Kent, Sharmi Basu, Soriah, Probosci, Amy Foote & Danny Clay, Adam Fong, Dylan Mattingly, the Cardew Choir, Adam Tendler, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, Faythe Vollrath, Zachary James Watkins, Guillermo Gallindo & Lisa Sangita Moskow, and many others. 

 

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Jun
16
to Aug 25

Sculpting Air Vocal Workshops at Temescal Art Center

Saturdays: 
June 16

June 23
August 18 w/ Karen R. Clark (*workshop cancelled)
Aug 25 (*workshop cancelled)

10am-Noon
Temescal Art Center
511 48th Street
Oakland, CA  94609

Fee: $30-50 sliding scale (participants can attend any single or multiple of classes)
Aug. 18th w/ Karen Clark is $40-60. 
www.sculptingair.wordpress.com

Theresa will lead a workshop exploring the voice through movement and raising awareness of the body. Topics include: using the breath, singing long tones, attention to body tension, and allowing the voice to take flight in its infinite expressive qualities. The emphasis will not be on 'having a good voice', but rather on each individual's use of their voice in a natural and personal way. All levels/experience with the voice are welcomed!  

TO RESERVE A SPOT, WRITE TO: tree_wong@yahoo.com
Please include your: 1) Name 2) Contact phone 3) Workshop date(s)
You will receive a confirmation email with more details.  

 

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May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Fundraiser for Swing Left!

7:30pm doors at 7pm
$25 + sliding scale
Reservations: isazer@me.com
(510) 418-1965


Theresa Wong, cello/voice
Rae Condry, bass clarinet
Nava Dunkelman, percussion
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto

Join us in this first coming together of four dynamite Bay Area improvisers for a benefit for Swingleft - an organization working towards taking Democratic control of the House in 2018. The quartet will perform a set of improvised music in the spirit of delivering pure sonic alchemy.

Carleton St. Studio Fundraising Concerts
1336 Carleton St. Berkeley
Enter thru driveway, studio in the back

 

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Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Wong/Nishi-Smith/Heule/Djll Quartet

Canessa Gallery
708 Montgomery St. SF
$5-20 sliding scale
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Meridian Music Presents:
Morgan Evans-Weiler
Larnie Fox & Bodil Fox
Ypsmael
Wong/Nishi-Smith/Heule/Djll

This second April show at Canessa Gallery features two touring artists, Boston based violinist Morgan Evans-Weiler and sound artist Ypsmael from southern Germany. Also performing from the bay area will be Larnie and Bodil Fox on invented creations and a super ensemble featuring Theresa Wong, Kanoko Nishi-Smith, Jacob Heule and Tom Djll.
 

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Apr
7
6:00 PM18:00

Turntable Drawings @ McEvoy Arts Foundation

McEvoy Arts Foundation
1150 25th St, Building B,
San Francisco, CA 94107
Admission free

Closing performance for Danny Clay and Jon Fischer's Turntable Drawings at the McEvoy Foundation. Featuring performances by the Mana Saxophone Trio, bassist Jeff Denson and cellist/vocalist Theresa Wong and many others.

https://www.mcevoyarts.org/events/
 

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Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

Dan/McCowen/Wong Trio

Vox Populi
3rd Floor of 319 North 11th Street
Philadelphia

An evening of free improv and electronics with very special guest from China, sax and bamboo flute maestro, Lao Dan 

Wong/McCowen/Dan Trio
Theresa Wong – cello/voice
John McCowen – Bb & contrabass clarinet, treble recorder
Lao Dan, saxophone and bamboo instruments

Solo
Shani Aviram - laptop

www.voxpopuligallery.org
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Mar
27
to Mar 31

Residency at The Stone

5 nights of music by yours truly + special guests and collaborators at The Stone in it's new home at The New School:

All shows at 8:30pm
Glass Box Theater
55 W. 13th St. (near 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
Tickets $20
thestonenyc.com

Tuesday, MAR 27
DUO
Motoko Honda (piano, electronics)
Theresa Wong (cello, voice)

Come join us in kicking off Theresa Wong's week-long residency at The Stone in its new home at The New School. Wong will be joined by her fellow Bay Area collaborator and co-conspirator, pianist Motoko Honda in an evening of duo improvisations.
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Wednesday, MAR 28
SOLO
Theresa Wong (cello, voice)

As a solo performer, Wong takes the listener into the molecules of the materials at hand. A relentless digging to unearth the raw vibrations of her instruments, in her personalized total art form centered around the voice and cello, a timbral merging gives birth to new acoustically synthesized sounds.
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Thursday, MAR 29
QUARTET
Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto), John McCowen (contrabass clarinet), Theresa Wong (cello, voice), Christian Kobe (sax)

Night #3 of Theresa Wong's residency at The Stone includes very special guests from the Bay Area and Switzerland. Wong will be joined by Oakland-based koto player extraordinaire Kanoko Nishi-Smith, contrabass clarinet master John McCowen (newly transplanted to NYC) and virtuoso saxophonist Christian Kobe hailing from Bern Switzerland.
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Friday, MAR 30
FLOATING LANTERNS - a poem by Mercedes Roffé (transl. by Anna Deeny)
Mercedes Roffé (poetry and voice), Adria Otte (electronics), Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (horn), Rachel Devorah (horn), Theresa Wong (cello, voice, composition)

This evening's performance is a musical work inspired by the poetry of Mercedes Roffé, one of Argentina's leading contemporary poets. 'Las linternas flotantes', published in 2009, was for Roffé, "a reaction to things that left us speechless: September 11, Argentina's economic debacle...the tsunami, Hurricane Katrina...and so many things that seemed to come together in just a few years, things that were so disastrous for the whole world." Wong draws upon this collection of poems and especially Roffé's use of anaphora as a sonic motif to sound a collective response to those things that continue to leave us speechless. Wong is especially thrilled to bring together many special guests in this performance, including Adria Otte from the Bay Area, new arrival to NYC Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir and Boston-based Rachel Devorah.
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Saturday, MAR 31
THERESA'S BIRTHDAY BASH TRIO
John McCowen (Bb clarinet, contrabass clarinet, & treble recorder), Theresa Wong (cello, voice) and special guest from China, Lao Dan (sax and Bamboo instruments)

Come celebrate Theresa's birthday and the 5th and final night of her residency. She will perform in trio with woodwind wizard John McCowen and very special guest from China, sax and wind maestro Lao Dan, who will be making his first appearance in the US.
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Mar
17
7:30 PM19:30

Theresa Wong, Julia Reidy, Judith Hamann

TAC: Temescal Art Center
511 48th St, Oakland, CA 94609
7:30pm

Australian musicians Julia Reidy and Judith Hamann present solo works in conjunction with cellist/vocalist Theresa Wong. Reidy weaves intricate and beautiful works out of microtonally tuned 12 string guitar, and is touring in support of her new release "All Is Ablaze." Hamann performs solo cello focused on micro and macro manifestations of shaking, exploring detailed timbral and partial activity. Wong will perform solo cello before her upcoming residency at The Stone, drawing upon the question: "how can I rediscover the core of the cello as wood and string and hair, or even simply as a tree?"

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www.temescalartcenter.org

 

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Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

To Burst To Bloom with Vajra Voices - *cancelled*

Unfortunately due to members of the ensemble being sick, this concert has been cancelled.

St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2650 Sand Hill Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
4pm

Vajra Voices presents music of the 14th-century master trouvére Guillaume de Machaut and a new work by Theresa Wong: To Burst, To Bloom on the Arts at St. Bede's Concert Series. In his Le Lai de la Fonteinne, Machaut likens the Trinity to a fountain and lauds the Virgin Mary and the chivalric virtuous practice of loving the unattainable. Wong’s piece is a setting of three poems by the 12th-century female Taoist Immortal, Sun Bu’er intended as meditations on inner alchemy.

Tickets $20 general admission/$15 students & seniors.
Available at the door or in advance.

www.stbedesmenlopark.org
vajravoices.com

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Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Turntable Drawings with Danny Clay, Jon Fischer and Jeff Denson

McEvoy Foundation For The Arts
1150 25th St, Building B,
San Francisco, CA 94107

As part of Danny Clay and Jon Fischer's project "Turntable Drawings" at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, cellist Theresa Wong and bassist Jeff Denson will be improvising alongside an audience-activated collection of twelve turntables and over fifty custom-made records.

www.mcevoyarts.org
More on the Turntable Drawings Project

 

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Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Trio with Fred Frith & Heike Liss


House Concert in West Berkeley
Doors 7pm, Music 8pm
For location please RSVP to: tree_wong@yahoo.com
Suggested donation: $15-20

Set 1:
ELLEN FULLMAN will perform an excerpt from her solo for the long string instrument, The Watch, reprise. On March 16, she will perform the full-length piece at Festival Variations, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes.

Set 2:
FRED FRITH (guitar, voice) & THERESA WONG (cello, voice)
with HEIKE LISS (live video)
Improvisations conjured by Fred Frith; roaming drunken shaman expelling high-end drugstore vibrations on a mystical pocket fm radio and guitar, holding court with Theresa Wong; cave dwelling amateur magician and high priestess of the vocal-cello disorder, channeling anything, everything and sometimes nothing through spirited sonic outbreaks. Live projected drawings by cave painter Heike Liss. 

www.ellenfullman.com
www.fredfrith.com
www.theresawong.org
www.wishyouwerehereproject.com

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Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Premiere of a new work for Del Sol String Quartet

  • The Atrium Theater at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Theresa Wong performs with Del Sol String Quartet in a new work commissioned to celebrate the quartet's 25th Anniversary! Join us for the 3-day Whole Sol Festival: Del Sol Quartet Celebrates 25 years.

8:00 PM
The Atrium Theater
San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Ave (4th Floor) 
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tickets here

The evening will feature:

  • Daniel Wohl (b. 1980, France):  Works for string quartet and electronics
  • Theresa Wong (b. 1976): [New Work] (2017) WORLD PREMIERE
  • Erberk Eryılmaz (b. Turkey, 1989): “Hoppa! 2” (2017) WORLD PREMIERE
  • Gyan Riley (b. 1977): [New Work] for string quartet and ukulele choir (2017) WORLD PREMIERE
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Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Letters To A Friend @ Berkeley Art Museum FULL Series

Letters To A Friend (dedicated to Alessia Pugliatti) for reed quintet will be performed by Splinter Reeds in their upcoming program at the Berkeley Art Museum. Other pieces include the world premiere of Sky Macklay's Choppy, and works by Eric WubbelsCara HaxoMatthew Shlomowitz and Jannik Giger.

Berkeley Art Museum
Full Moon Series (curated by Sarah Cahill)
7pm
2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
www.bampfa.org

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Oct
30
to Nov 3

Artist-in-Residence, Kansas City Art Institute

Below are some events I'll be taking part in during the International Sculpture Conference at the Kansas City Arts Institute with Ellen Fullman. To see additional events that Ellen will be presenting, go to: www.ellenfullman.com/calendar

October 30 - November 2
"Sculpting The Air"
Vocal Workshops
Theresa will lead daily vocal workshops exploring the voice, improvisation and movement.
KCAI
Crossroads Art Gallery
(Time TBA)

November 3
Performance of "Harbors" with Ellen Fullman, for cello and Long String Instrument
8:00PM
Kansas City Art Institute
Crossroads Art Gallery
1819 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO, 64108 United States
First Friday Gallery Crawl

www.kcai.edu/crossroads-gallery/

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